Final Draught: Redefining the Charlotte Food Scene

They spoke of food from home, long days and nights, maxed-out credit cards, taking risks, and turning dreams into opportunity.

Four of Charlotte’s food pioneers – the owners of establishments that have changed the culinary landscape of our city – shared their stories over beer, wine, and of course a nosh with an audience of over 125 people gathered on June 8th at 7th Street Public Market for the Library Foundation’s first Final Draught event. We were thrilled to feature Bonnie Warford of Earl’s Grocery and Carpe Diem, James Yoder of Not Just Coffee, Dalton Espaillat of Sabor and Three Amigos, and Courtney Buckley of Your Mom’s Donuts as panelists for a discussion of “Redefining the Charlotte Food Scene.” Each has a very different story, but a common theme quickly emerged – a desire to introduce something new to a city they love. Local historian and foodie Dr. Tom Hanchett moderated and provided the historical context of Charlotte’s growth as a ripe backdrop for a quickly diversifying city palate. And all the participants shared a list of books that informed and inspired them along the way to success.

Final Draught is the brainchild of the Foundation’s Friends Council, a passionate group charged with supporting the Library through grassroots advocacy and fundraising. The quarterly, themed speaker series is designed to connect young professionals to the Library through themes of general interest. It will pop up in locations around town, with topics driven by community curiosity.